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Hibernian 2-2 Rangers: Steven Gerrard says visitors will not 'overreact'

By Jamie LyallBBC Scotland

Rangers will not "overreact or get too frustrated" despite being held to a gripping 2-2 draw by Hibernian, says boss Steven Gerrard.

The visitors lost their first domestic goals of the season but moved top of the Scottish Premiership by a point.

Christian Doidge nodded home to earn Hibs a draw after Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield overturned Drey Wright's opener.

"It's two points dropped," Gerrard told Sky Sports.

"We always have to react, win, lose or draw. So we'll go away and debrief this game, speak to the individuals who have made the errors. But there's no time to overreact or get too frustrated. We've got a big game on Thursday to prepare for."

Rangers, who are a point clear of Celtic having played a game more, bossed a tumultuous opening quarter. Morelos spurned a fine chance to break the deadlock 10 minutes in when he skewed a free header wide from Ianis Hagi's corner five yards out.

It took a while for third-placed Hibs to awaken as an attacking force, but when they did, it was telling. Kevin Nisbet chested down Wright's searching ball on the edge of the Rangers box, swivelled and powered a volley across Jon McLaughlin, drawing a fine save from the goalkeeper.

Then came their opener, Nisbet flicking on down the right flank to Boyle, whose square ball was stabbed between the legs of McLaughlin by the arriving Wright. It was the midfielder's first goal in 764 days and it was a huge moment for Jack Ross' men.

Rangers rallied, but chances to level were fleeting. It was down to Morelos, as it so often is, to deliver. The Colombia striker was inconspicuous for much of the first half, but he eventually came alive inside the Hibs box.

Left unmarked at the back post by Martin Boyle, he cushioned an immaculate Ryan Kent cross before prodding past Ofir Marciano. The goal was the first Hibs had conceded in open play this season.

Rangers surged ahead 12 minutes into the new half. Wonderful interplay between Arfield and Hagi, the latter's return ball to Arfield particularly special, put the midfielder in to slot home.

Marciano turned a powerful shot from Kent away on the hour as Rangers tore into Hibs on the break, but the hosts were far from dead and buried, still capable of wounding raids downfield.

McLaughlin saved from Ryan Porteous at the near post and the rebound fell agonisingly behind Nisbet.

There was no stopping Doidge, though, the Welshman galloping towards the far post to meet a sumptuous Boyle cross. Replays showed the Hibs winger was offside when he picked up possession on the edge of the area.

Rangers laid siege to the home box at the end, Gerrard sending for Jermain Defoe and Cedric Itten in a desperate quest for more firepower and a telling goal.

Hibs rocked at times, defending with passion and steel if not perfect technique. Marciano's fabulous double-save from Arfield, who looked odds-on to score, and a series of headers, hoofs and blocks sealed an impressive point.

Man of the match - Ianis Hagi

Ianis Hagi clashes with Paul Hanlon
Hagi was at the heart of much of Rangers' incisive attacking play, teeing up Arfield for the second goal

What did we learn?

All too often, Hibs have been overrun in midfield by the more proficient attacking units in the top flight. They showed far greater bite and stamina this time, with Joe Newell especially industrious and tidy on the ball, but Ross could still use more dynamism in the central area.

For the first time this season, Rangers were asked serious questions, challenged with coming from behind against one of the Premiership's form teams. They responded well, seizing control of the contest after falling behind, but their failure to convert dominance into goals and points was a crucial flaw last season. In the context of the title race, Gerrard will view this as a missed opportunity.

What they said

Hibernian belief growing after Rangers draw - Jack Ross

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross: "To show so many sides of our game and take something from it is really pleasing.

"I've got a group of players who are satisfied but they wanted to win the match. They are recognising that they are a good side. Belief is growing all the time."

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard on Sky Sports: "Going forward, I liked a lot about our play today. But to concede two goals is poor from us. I'm disappointed in the manner we've conceded the two goals but we've done enough going forward to win the game."

Player of the match

NisbetKevin Nisbet

with an average of 7.28

Hibernian

  1. Squad number15Player nameNisbet
    Average rating

    7.28

  2. Squad number1Player nameMarciano
    Average rating

    7.22

  3. Squad number9Player nameDoidge
    Average rating

    7.10

  4. Squad number10Player nameBoyle
    Average rating

    7.07

  5. Squad number13Player nameGogic
    Average rating

    7.02

  6. Squad number8Player nameWright
    Average rating

    7.02

  7. Squad number6Player nameMcGinn
    Average rating

    6.84

  8. Squad number4Player nameHanlon
    Average rating

    6.81

  9. Squad number5Player namePorteous
    Average rating

    6.73

  10. Squad number11Player nameNewell
    Average rating

    6.70

  11. Squad number25Player nameDoig
    Average rating

    6.60

  12. Squad number16Player nameStevenson
    Average rating

    6.52

  13. Squad number20Player nameHallberg
    Average rating

    5.97

Rangers

  1. Squad number33Player nameMcLaughlin
    Average rating

    4.96

  2. Squad number14Player nameKent
    Average rating

    4.85

  3. Squad number37Player nameArfield
    Average rating

    4.74

  4. Squad number7Player nameHagi
    Average rating

    4.48

  5. Squad number2Player nameTavernier
    Average rating

    4.47

  6. Squad number20Player nameMorelos
    Average rating

    4.46

  7. Squad number31Player nameBarisic
    Average rating

    4.44

  8. Squad number10Player nameDavis
    Average rating

    4.39

  9. Squad number9Player nameDefoe
    Average rating

    4.23

  10. Squad number5Player nameHelander
    Average rating

    4.22

  11. Squad number18Player nameKamara
    Average rating

    4.11

  12. Squad number6Player nameGoldson
    Average rating

    4.04

  13. Squad number11Player nameItten
    Average rating

    3.93

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 6McGinnBooked at 60mins
  • 5PorteousBooked at 35mins
  • 4HanlonBooked at 37mins
  • 10BoyleBooked at 80mins
  • 8WrightSubstituted forHallbergat 90'minutes
  • 13Gogic
  • 11Newell
  • 25DoigSubstituted forStevensonat 63'minutes
  • 9Doidge
  • 15Nisbet

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 14Mallan
  • 16Stevenson
  • 19Gullan
  • 20Hallberg
  • 22McGinn
  • 24McGregor
  • 29Shanley
  • 33Barnes

Rangers

  • 33McLaughlin
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 5Helander
  • 31Barisic
  • 10Davis
  • 18KamaraSubstituted forIttenat 85'minutes
  • 37Arfield
  • 7HagiSubstituted forDefoeat 75'minutes
  • 20MorelosBooked at 90mins
  • 14Kent

Substitutes

  • 1McGregor
  • 3Bassey
  • 4Edmundson
  • 9Defoe
  • 11Itten
  • 16Patterson
  • 22Jones
  • 26Balogun
  • 36Barjonas
Referee:
Don Robertson

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home7
Away19
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 2, Rangers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Rangers 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jermain Defoe (Rangers).

  4. Post update

    Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Booking

    Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Melker Hallberg replaces Drey Wright.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Cedric Itten (Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alexander Gogic (Hibernian).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Connor Goldson (Rangers).

  12. Post update

    Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Cedric Itten replaces Glen Kamara.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Scott Arfield (Rangers).

  15. Post update

    Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

  17. Post update

    Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  19. Booking

    Martin Boyle (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers86201721520
2Celtic76102051519
3Hibernian8521135817
4Aberdeen640255012
5Ross County8323711-411
6Dundee Utd8314613-710
7Kilmarnock8224111108
8Motherwell822468-28
9St Johnstone821549-57
10St Mirren8215512-77
11Hamilton7205512-76
12Livingston8125814-65
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